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tonight, breaking news. the heartwrenching audio just coming in from the courtroom. the bible study and the survivor, calling for help. and the chilling video tonight of the gunman in his backyard. also tonight, two officers shot, moments after they tell the suspect to pull his hand out of his pocket. attacks on american officers on the rise. also breaking, the massive e-mail breach tonight. authorities now saying 1 billion users had their personal information put at risk. names, addresses, e-mails and passwords. president-elect donald trump, huddling with tech titans today. many of whom publicly supported hillary clinton. what he told them today. new and stunning images from syria tonight. families trapped. the efforts to escape. the desperate calls for help. the arctic plunge. 100 million americans, temperatures below zero coming.
and celebrating one of america's favorite dads. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy wednesday night. and we begin with what authorities say is the biggest cyber attack of all-time. targeting a stunning 1 billion yahoo! e-mail accounts. the fbi is on the case tonight. the company revealing late today that hackers may have stolen user names, e-mail addresses and beyond that, personal information, including your phone number and your passwords. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis, leading us off. >> reporter: more than 1 billion yahoo! accounts hacked. the tech giant revealing tonight that an unauthorized third party stole massive amounts of user data in august 2013, potentially including names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, even in some cases, security questions and answers. this is the second time this year yahoo! has announced a significant breach.
in september, the company disclosing a separate incident involving 500 million user accounts. yahoo! telling abc news, they "are notifying potentially affected users and have taken steps to secure their accounts, including requiring users to change their passwords." the fbi says they are aware and in contact with yahoo!. this is breaking as we're on the air tonight. 1 billion, a staggering number. we don't know who is behind it, but so many people have yahoo! e-mail accounts. what do you do? >> reporter: and the notification process is just gun, david. the e-mails are just going out. yahoo! is recommending tonight anyone with a yahoo! account should change their password, their e-mail, update that information, as well as their security questions, and beware of any suspicious e-mails. >> but change the password right now? >> reporter: all of it. >> rebecca jarvis leading us off. rebecca, thank you. we turn next tonight to difficult audio this evening, playing in a charleston courtroom today, where dylann roof is on trial for the murders of nine black worshipper s at a
bible study. surveillance showing roof leaving the church with the gun in his happened. the jury seeing roof at target practice in his own backyard. and tonight, you will hear the audio from a survivor who called 911. that survivor saying roof approached her and asked, "did i shoot you yet?" abc's steve osunsami is in charleston. >> he's coming, he's coming, he's coming. please. >> reporter: her's is the voice on this call for help, desperately trying to hide under one of these tables, while a gunman determined to kill black people is shooting her friends dead. she tint know it at the time, but he had plenty of target practice, seen here in his backyard with the same gun. >> did you see him at all? >> yes, he's a young, 21-year-old white dude. he's got it in his hand. he's reloading. >> how many shots has he fired? >> i don't know. there's so many. oh, god, please help me. >> reporter: her church friends call her miss polly, and by the time polly sheppard finished telling her story of survival
today, nearly everyone in the packed courtroom stood on their feet to show her love. >> there's so many people dead, i think. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: miss polly was the last witness in the case against 22-year-old dylann roof. she says they had just bowed their heads to pray in this room, when the young white man they welcomed to their bible study started shooting in this historic black church. nine of her closest friends died. >> can you talk to me freely? >> no, i can't. because he's still in the building. he's in the building, just come in the back door. >> reporter: she told jurors, "he asked me, did i shoot you yet? i said no. he said, i'm going to leave you alive to tell the story." he laughs it off in this fbi confession. >> do you remember telling that lady, i'm going to let you live so you could tell my story. >> yeah. i remember saying that. >> reporter: she tells us she's been frightened since. tonight, the brother of cynthia hurd, shot seven times, says roof deserves to die. >> she deserved the right to die with dignity. and respect.
he took that away from her. >> and steve osunsami with us live tonight from charleston. and steve, you were in that courtroom for this testimony today? >> reporter: david, yes. it was a difficult day for families on both sides of the courtroom. we saw many of them leaving through these courthouse doors, directly behind me, with tear stains on their faces. but not dylann roof. he sat there, staring into space. his lawyers didn't even call a single witness. so, closing arguments will begin in the morning. david? >> steve osunsami, who has been on this case from the start. steve, thanks. next tonight here, the alarming headline in georgia. six police officers shot in six days. dramatic body cam video showing two officers, both of them shot, after a suspect was told to get his happened out of his pocket. at least 64 law enforcement officers have been killed by guns this year. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas with the video just released. >> reporter: it startled as a police stop about a stolen car.
>> get your hands out of your pocket. >> reporter: the officer asking the suspect to show his hands. then, shots fired. >> oh! dispatch, i'm shot. >> reporter: in a split second, an apparently calm suspect firing away. captain michael schulman, body cram rolling, is shot under the arm. within seconds, schulman's partner, jeffrey martin, is shot in the hand. still trying to help his colleague out of arm's way. >> even after jeffrey got shot, he -- he's getting michael and pulling him to the car to get him to the hospital. >> reporter: schulman worried he might die. >> i can't -- i can't -- i can't move, man. >> reporter: monday's shooting capping a violent week in which half a dozen georgia police officers have been shot. two killed. all part of a deadly year with a the number of police shot in the line of duty is up a disturbing 69%. that georgia suspect has been caught, david, and charged with attempted murder. one of the officers still in intensive care tonight. david? >> pierre thomas tonight. pierre, thank you. we turn now to
president-elect donald trump, and the hike tech summit at trump tower today. industry executives sitting down with the president-elect today. some of them had publicly supported hillary clinton. tonight, what the president-elect told them in that room, as he also defends his pick for secretary of state, and this evening, how russian tv is now responding to mr. trump's choice of rex tillerson. here's abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: today, trump tower turning into silicon valley. the president-elect summoning the leaders of amazon, google, facebook, paypal and apple. some of whom publicly supported hillary clinton. >> we're going to be there for you, you'll call my people, you'll call me, it doesn't make any difference. we have no formal chain of command around here. >> reporter: but as trump welcomed industry leaders, he's also defending his pick for secretary of state, rex
tillerson, amid charges that he's too tight with russian president vladimir putin. >> rex is friendly with leaders in the world we don't get along with. some people don't like that. they don't want him to be friendly. that's why i'm doing the deal with rex. i like what this is about. >> reporter: and apparently so does russia. tv newscasts there reporting "there are few americans who have such good relations with the russian president." the relationship built during tillerson's years as the ceo of exxon mobil. one pro-kremlin commentator telling "the wall street journal" tillerson's come nation is, quote, "some kind of christmas gift from the american people to the russian people." putin himself sounding eager to meet trump face to face, saying, quote, "we're ready at any moment here. from our side, there are no problems." tillerson now bracing for what could be a challenging confirmation hearing. it would only take three republicans to block his nomination. his record at exxon now under scrutiny. including these recent comments. tillerson saying he made it clear to foreign governments his
focus was not on american exist, but exxon's interests. >> but i'm not here to represent the united states government's sbres. i'm not here to defend it nor and i here to criticize it. that not what i do. i'm a businessman. >> reporter: trump's decision to pick tillerson means that for the first time in 24 years, there are no women or minorities in the top 4 cabinet positions. and tillerson is one of ten millionaires and billionaires named to the min straight so far. >> tom llamas with us live tonight from trump tower. and tom, you were telling us, there is also news tonight about those classified intelligence briefings forev s for the president-elect? >> reporter: trump down played them this week. he was receiving them on one every week, but now that's changing to three times this week. we asked the transition team why, they said, they are just changing protocol. david? >> tom llamas with us again tonight. tom, thank you. there is also news tonight involving the president-elect's
choice to lead the department of energy. his choice of former governor rick perry comes amid a standoff this evening with the department. mr. trump during the campaign repeatedly saying he doesn't accept climate change assign tiffic fact. tonight, the agency is now refusing the request from the president-elect's team to name those who attended meetings about climate change. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross now. >> reporter: at the department of energy tonight, fears by employees and scientists that they will be targets of a witch hunt by a new president who has repeatedly insisted climate change is a scam. >> a lot of is a hoax. it's a hoax. it's a moneymaking industry, okay? the whole thing is crazy. the whole thing is crazy. >> reporter: the concerns among scientists came to a head when the trump team sent this list of 74 questions to the department of energy. in particular, question 27, asking for the names of all employees who have attended meetings about climate change, or the social cost of carbon. >> they're scared.
they are concerned about the ability to carry out their duties, their work, their research with integrity, but also with independence. >> reporter: in a show of defiance, the obama energy department now says, it "received significant feedback from our workforce." adding, "we will be forthcoming with all publicly available information. we will not be providing any individual names." all this comes as the president-elect today announced the nomination of former texas governor rick perry to become secretary of energy. who famously could not remember the name of the energy department when it was one of three cabinet agencies he wanted to eliminate. >> i can't. the third one, i can't, sorry. oops. >> reporter: perry will take over an office now held by a nuclear physicist. this week, at a conference of leading environmental scientists in san francisco, there is outrage over what is happening. >> our communities are under attack. stand up, fight back. >> reporter: environmentalists had held out hope for trump after the president-elect met
with former vice president gore and actor/activist leonardo decaprio. >> climate change is real, it is happening right now. >> reporter: but today, a trump transition official continued the public assault on established science. >> there was overwhelming science that the earth was flat and there was overwhelming science -- >> it's called ignorance. you learn over time. >> we were the center of the world. 100%. we get a lot of things wrong in the scientific community. >> let's get to brian ross on this, because the trump team now is backing away from that questionnaire? >> reporter: that's right, david. they told us, it was not authorized an that the person who sent it has been properly con selled. but they won't say is whether they're now going to withdraw that questionnaire. david? >> brian ross, you'll stay on this. next tonight, to the life threatening cold. 100 million americans facing sub-zero wind chills. a rescue helicopter rescuing two he ko hikers. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano, tracking the cold
tonight for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hey, david. we haven't seen this stuff in awhile. you have to go back to 2005, where new york hit 24 for a high, and nearly 20 years to have this kind of december cold in chicago. look at the low temperatures tomorrow. zero as the low. negative numbers north and west of there. you throw in the wind child, minus 23 in minneapolis. that dangerous cold slides east on friday. minus 9 in boston, minus 20 for a wind chill in burlington. meanwhile, oregon getting snow and ice again tonight. heavy flooding rain into california. and mountain snow. and this is our next midwest snowstorm friday night. david? >> rob, thank you. we're going to turn back overseas this evening and to our continuing reporting on syria. disturbing images coming in from aleppo all day today. reports of a possible cease-fire back in place, but this one, after the one just last night fell apart. followed by images like this one.shelling blocking thousands of families have evacuating the city.
and in paris that hour, the eiffel tower dark for the people of aleppo. abc's alex marquardt tonight, who just left syria. >> reporter: the deal didn't even get off the ground before it died. heavy bombardment resuming today in eastern aleppo. dashing hopes that desperate civilians would be bussed to safety, and the remaining rebel fighters taken out of the city. the fighting so intense, aid workers had to cross back into government-controlled aleppo for safety. >> it's just constant explosions in the air. and then, all of a sudden, it's a full-blown battle once again. >> reporter: the rebels still hold a tiny sliver of territory in this pivotal battle for syria's biggest city. tens of thousands of civilians have escaped the fighting, while thousand more, many of them anti-regime, are believed to be inside and too afraid to flee. along with doctors and activists, they have been sending frantic messages calling for help. >> for my activity, and i will
be executed or tortured until death. >> reporter: there are hopes that this cease-fire can get back on track. maybe even as soon as tonight, but as we've seen, everything is so fragile, so complex because of all the different actors on the ground. david? >> alex marquardt in the region for us again tonight. alex, thank you. and back here at home, and to a sign the economy is improving. the federal reserve today raising interest rates a quarter per sent. rates on credit cards going up. for every $1,000 balance, you'll pay $25 more a year. the biggest impact, economists say, is on mortgage rates, which are already raising. homeowners would pay about $100 more a month. the dow did react today by losing ground, but still within striking distance of 20,000. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the courtroom stunner. a woman accused of hiring a hitman to take out her husband. the dramatic moment in court today. will she be tried again? the new headline breaking
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finally tonight, celebrating the tv dad who helped us with our growing pains. a role nearly played by someone else. ♪ it's been almost 25 years since that iconic '80s theme song. but it turns out, america's dad could have been someone else. >> at the time, abc was interested in a couple of actors and finding the right vehicle for them. "growing pains" was own of the vehicles. i was one of the guys. and the other guy was bruce willis. >> happy trails, hans. >> so, i guess there would have
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